Farry’s dilemma over variable tuition fees deepens…

Good piece from Liam Clarke noting that the Scottish First Minister’s cunning plan to close the funding hole in his Higher Education budget by charging non Scotland domiciled students up to £9,000 pa whilst delivering it free to local students is facing a legal challenge, creates further problems for Higher Education minister Stephen Farry

It’s a particular problem for Queens – a member of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities, many of whom will have the freedom in England to put their fees up to the maximum – who have been fighting a rearguard action against departmental budget cuts of up to £40 million, on top of an already achieved £28 million.

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